The Cleveland Film Festival begins on Thursday with an opening night gala featuring Then She Found Me.
Based on the book by Elinor Lipman, the movie was co-written and directed by Helen Hunt, who is known mainly as an actress in TV (Mad About You) and movies (As Good As It Gets, for which she won the Oscar for best actress). This is her movie-directing debut; she previously directed episodes of Mad About You. She also stars in the movie, along with Bette Midler, Colin Firth and Matthew Broderick.
The festival ends on March 16, when the presentations include American Teen, a documentary about students at an Indiana high school in 2005-2006.
In between are close to 300 movies (about 130 features and 160 short films) and other events, as well as the packaging of films around themes like ”10 percent cinema” (gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender films), ”local heroes,” ”midnight snacks” of late-night showings and ”it’s easy being green” environmental movies.
Home base is Cleveland’s Tower City Center.
Program guides are available at Dollar Bank branches, or you can find more information at http://www.clevelandfilm.org.